After our drive through Biltmore Village, we headed to downtown Asheville to do some exploring there. And from what I've read and been told about Asheville for years I was pretty sure I would love it and I certainly do. And can't remember if I've already written this or just told my sister when I talked to her, but after wandering around downtown, I was all set to start planning a future move to Asheville, kind of seriously. Only thing is, any time I think of a move, I can't imagine leaving all my friends and acquaintances here and knowing no one there. Seems kind of late in life to be making all new friends. :) I suppose I would just start some volunteering here and there, maybe find some type of group - needleworking, miniatures, or something - that I could join and slowly get new friends. And at least living in a place like Asheville, my old friends might be happy to come visit!
Anyway, there were some neat buildings downtown and I took some pictures. It was still a beautiful day but was very windy and quite chilly. But the streets were full of folks enjoying themselves and it certainly looks like a convivial place. Here are my pics:
http://www.mountainx.com/news/2003/0507vance.php It is also located at Pack Square as is the following statue:
Below is the county courthouse building - fantastic!
And an attractive and interesting building that I don't know the name of...
and a close-up of this building from another side:
Next we drove out to the Grove Park Inn, a HUGE resort hotel. My picture (below) doesn't even begin to give an idea of its size. This is just the entry part of the hotel.
Finally, it was a beautiful evening which was what Chris had been waiting for. He wanted photos of the house from the front and from the back with the golden glow of the setting sun. So, we hiked back up to that little Diana statue and started from there taking pictures as we walked down toward the house front. There were only two or three people near the house, no buses except the now and then shuttle bus, so it was a perfect time to take pictures. I took some just because that's what there was to do!
Finally, (no offense Chris!) we hiked back up to the greenhouse for a quick pit stop, then drove around to the lagoon, where you can get a beautiful view of the back of the house. I've already posted a picture from the lagoon, but there I was again so took some more. :)
And, finally, (no offense, Chris) Chris managed to tear himself away I think for my sake more than anything. I think he would gladly have stayed til dark. But I was getting hungry and cold so we took ourselves off for dinner and went, again, to Cedric's Pub. This time we both had fish and chips - tender, crispy and greasy! Chris also ordered a shrimp ceviche appetizer and a bowl of smoked bacon/brown ale coated almonds that were sinfully delicious.
One more picture out in front of Cedric's Pub:
So that's it - a wonderful long weekend, made more wonderful because it was my son who suggested we do it together. Thanks, Chris! xo
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.